5 days in Portland, Seattle & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

5 days in Portland, Seattle & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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5 days in Portland, Seattle & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Portland
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Des Moines

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night
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
On the 24th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Columbia River Highway.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Portland road trip planning app .

Des Moines to Portland is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In May in Portland, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Historic Sites Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Mount Angel Abbey, Columbia River Highway
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Pittock Mansion ©
Pittock Mansion
Willamette Valley ©
Willamette Valley
Mount Angel Abbey ©
Mount Angel Abbey

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Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
On the 26th (Sun), enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Sky View Observatory.

For more things to do and other tourist information, read our Seattle trip maker tool .

Getting from Portland to Seattle by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May in Seattle, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): hike along Artist Point, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lehardy's Rapids. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yellowstone National Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Yellowstone National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Seattle in May, plan for slightly colder days in Yellowstone National Park, with highs around 53°F, while nights are colder with lows around 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

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